The Pettisville girls basketball team has spent the last 15 seasons under Jason Waldvogel, head coach.
After a successful 16-7 season last year, 7-3 in the Buckeye Border Conference, Waldvogel looks to six returning letterwinners to lead the Blackbirds.
Back are seniors Amber Loar, Lauren Hostetler and Audra Klopfenstein, and sophomores Jordyn Pursel, Mikala Avina, and Dana Fricke.
Hostetler returns as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 5.4 points per game.
“We will be a young and inexperienced team, but we hope to overcome that with our aggressiveness and hustle,” said Waldvogel.
The Birds advanced to the Division IV district final last year, and that loss resulted in the loss of the mainstays of the Blackbird offense.
Tanner Hostetler (11.7 ppg), Kaitlyn Nofziger (13.61 ppg), Ashlyn Bontrager (4.25 ppg), Lauren Frey (4.00 ppg), Lexie King (4.22 ppg) were letterwinners who graduated in 2012.
“Our strengths this year will be our attitude and the willingness to work,” said Waldvogel.
“We should be able to shoot the basketball fairly well, along with having decent speed.
As far as the BBC outlook, “I believe the league will be balanced,” said Waldvogel.
Assisting Waldvogel with coaching duties is Lacee Lovins. Brian Leppelmeier is the junior varsity coach, while Sarah Frankenfield is freshman coach.
The Birds open their season, Friday, Nov. 23, when they host Wauseon.